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Grade: 14
Please note that ALL applicants must submit a resume online and complete the entire application process to be considered for this position. Ensure that your resume, which is the basis for determining if you qualify for this position, thoroughly supports your responses to the below job specific assessment questions and that it contains the names, titles, beginning and ending dates of employment (month/year), and names and phone numbers of your current and/or previous supervisor(s). Your resume must contain the information outlined in the Applying for a Federal Job pamphlet (OF-510) http://careers.state.gov/forms/of0510.pdf

Applicants MUST meet one of the below listed basic qualification requirements for this position. Carefully read each question and all possible answers before selecting a response.

1. I have a degree from an accredited college or university in accounting and/or auditing.

2. I have a degree from an accredited college or university in a related field such as business administration, finance, or public administration that included or was supplemented by 24 semester hours in accounting and/or auditing. (The 24 semester hours may include up to 6 hours of credit in business law.)

3. I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting, OR an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge AND 24 semester hours in accounting or auditing courses. (This can include up to 6 hours of business law.)

4. I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting AND twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses. (This can include up to 6 hours of business law.)

5. I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting AND a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor obtained through a written examination.

6. I have at least 4 years of experience in accounting AND completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, (e.g., 15 semester hours) but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement described in Choice 2 above, AND (a) I have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, (e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining); AND (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors determined that I have demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in Choice 1 above; AND (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, my education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

7. I have an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge AND twenty-four semester hours in accounting or auditing courses. (This can include up to 6 hours of business law.)

8. I have an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge AND a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor obtained through a written examination.

9. I have an equivalent combination of accounting experience, college-level education, and training that provided professional accounting knowledge AND completion of the requirements for a degree that included substantial course work in accounting or auditing, (e.g., 15 semester hours) but that does not fully satisfy the 24-semester-hour requirement described in Choice 2 above, AND (a) I have successfully worked at the full-performance level in accounting, auditing, or a related field, (e.g., valuation engineering or financial institution examining); AND (b) a panel of at least two higher level professional accountants or auditors determined that I have demonstrated a good knowledge of accounting and of related and underlying fields that equals in breadth, depth, currency, and level of advancement that which is normally associated with successful completion of the 4-year course of study described in Choice 1 above; AND (c) except for literal nonconformance to the requirement of 24 semester hours in accounting, my education, training, and experience fully meet the specified requirements.

Note: All applicants MUST submit transcripts as verification of educational requirement OR a certificate as a Certified Public Accountant or a Certified Internal Auditor, obtained through written examination OR panel recommendation that includes all...

* 1.Choose one answer from the choices ABOVE that describes your experience, education or combination of education and experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position:
  1. I meet the basic qualification requirement described in 1 above.
  2. I meet the basic qualification requirements described in 2 above.
  3. I meet the basic qualification requirements described in 3 above.
  4. I meet the basic qualification requirements described in 4 above.
  5. I meet the basic qualification requirements described in 5 above.
  6. I meet the basic qualification requirements described in 6 above.
  7. I meet the basic qualification requirements described in 7 above.
  8. I meet the basic qualification requirements described in 8 above.
  9. I meet the basic qualification requirements described in 9 above.
  10. My education and/or experience does not match any of the above choices.


* 2.GS-14: Choose the one answer that best describes your experience as related to the basic qualification requirements for this position:
  1. In addition to meeting one of the basic qualifications requirements listed above, I have at least 1 year of specialized experience that has equipped me with the particular knowledge, skills, and abilities to successfully perform the duties of the position as described in the vacancy announcement. This experience is related to the work of the position and equivalent to at least the GS-13 level in the Federal service.
  2. My experience does not match the choice above.


* 3.I understand that to qualify for this position based on education, I must submit a copy of my transcripts to receive consideration. However, if selected for this position, I will be required to provide official documentation prior to being appointed. (Please follow the instructions in the vacancy announcement).
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 4.I understand that the responses provided in this questionnaire must be fully supported by my resume. I further understand that my resume must be detailed and highlight my most relevant and significant work experience (to include starting and ending dates of employment for each position held) and education (if applicable) as it relates to this job opportunity. My failure to do so will result in me being rated "Ineligible" or "Not Qualified" for this position.
  1. Yes
  2. No


* 5.From the following list, identify those certifications or designations related to financial management that you have obtained.
  1. Certified Public Accountant
  2. Certified Government Financial Manager
  3. Certified Internal Auditor
  4. Certified Fraud Examiner
  5. Certified Management Auditor
  6. Other relevant certifications
  7. Membership in a financial or accounting professional association
  8. None of the above


* 6.Which of the following choices best describes your highest level of education or experience in examining financial documents for classification in accordance with generally accepted accounting principles?
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in applying Generally Accepted Accounting Principles (GAAP).
  2. I have education or training in applying these standards but have not yet applied GAAP in a work situation.
  3. I have experience in examining accounting documents to ensure proper accounting classification and authorization utilizing GAAP.
  4. I have education and experience in examining accounting documents to ensure proper accounting classification and authorization utilizing GAAP.


* 7.Which of the following best describes your level of experience in assessing complex issues and using that information to develop solutions?
  1. I do not have experience in this area.
  2. I have done this under supervision.
  3. I have done this as a member of a team.
  4. I have done this independently.
  5. I have supervised others.


* 8.Do you have experience developing plans for and implementing research and analysis projects?
  1. I am considered an expert.
  2. I have performed these tasks independently.
  3. I have performed these tasks but my work was monitored.
  4. I have no experience performing these tasks.


* 9.Select from the following list those instances in which you have used financial or management data to analyze a problem.
  1. Led a task force
  2. Presented facts or findings to department officials
  3. Conducted an audit
  4. Summarized deficiencies
  5. Developed recommendations for system changes
  6. Used statistical methods to analyze an issue
  7. Resolved discrepancies in an accounting system
  8. Analyzed the effectiveness of accounting systems
  9. Reconciled differences between financial statements
  10. Developed solutions to meet customer needs
  11. Developed internal control programs / methods
  12. Reconciled general ledger balances
  13. None of the above


* 10.Select ALL Audit Standards, OMB Circulars / Bulletins, and Federal Laws and Regulations that you have used in audits.
  1. Government Auditing Standards (Yellow Book)
  2. Institute of Internal Auditors` Statements on Internal Auditing Standards
  3. Statements of Federal Financial Accounting Standards and Concepts
  4. Federal Information System Controls Audit Manual (FISCAM)
  5. Government Performance and Results Act
  6. Federal Managers Financial Integrity Act
  7. OMB Circulars
  8. Federal Acquisition Regulation
  9. Others
  10. None of the above


11.I have used software to perform the following:
  1. Perform financial system queries
  2. Develop databases to compile and analyze financial data
  3. Create spreadsheets to compile and analyze financial data
  4. Prepare training or presentation materials using presentation software
  5. Link multiple spreadsheets in order to retrieve, analyze, and interpret financial data
  6. Automate existing manual processes
  7. None of the above


12.Evaluate your knowledge of auditing and evaluation standards, procedures, and practices for conducting audits and evaluations involving a variety of programs, functions, and systems.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior auditor.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior auditor.


13.Evaluate your experience in conducting audits, including performing tests to identify and assess an agency?s or program?s internal controls and producing reports on the reliability and weaknesses of those controls.
  1. I have no education, training, or experience in performing this task.
  2. I have education or training in performing this task, but have not yet performed it on the job.
  3. I have performed this task on the job, with close supervision from a supervisor or senior auditor.
  4. I have performed this task as a regular part of the job, independently and usually without review by a supervisor or senior auditor.
  5. I have supervised other auditors in performing this task, and/or I have trained others in performing this task, and/or others normally consult me for assistance as an expert in performing this task.


14.Which of the following choices best describes your experience organizing and prioritizing projects?
  1. I have developed priorities, project schedules, and maintained deadlines for team projects.
  2. I have gathered requirements for a project, organized them logically, and determined their level of importance to the completion of the project.
  3. I have juggled multiple tasks keeping in mind the importance of each task.
  4. I have not organized or prioritized projects.


15.From the following list, identify those types of written products you have prepared:
  1. Audit reports
  2. Audit proposals
  3. Audited Financial Statements
  4. Audit responses
  5. Performance and Accountability Reports
  6. Policy documents
  7. Congressional testimony
  8. Answers to congressional inquiries
  9. Waiver requests
  10. Training / instructional aids
  11. Procedures and guidelines
  12. Official correspondence
  13. Journal articles or published manuscripts
  14. Research reports
  15. Financial System Enhancement Requests
  16. Financial Statement footnotes
  17. Responses to OIG, GAO reports / inquiries
  18. None of the above


16.In which of the following events have you made oral presentations?
  1. Speeches
  2. Conferences
  3. Meetings
  4. Audit entrance / exit conferences
  5. Video conference
  6. Training sessions
  7. Technical assistance
  8. None of the above